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  • 1.  "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out

    Posted May 21, 2024 08:53 PM

    I have Vmware Fusion 13.5.2 (free version) installed on a Mac Mini running Sonoma. The guest OS is Redhat Linux Enterprise 9 (free edition). When the virtual machine is powered off and you click on the Vmware "Virtual Machine" menu item the "Install Vmware Tools"  is greyed out. When you power on the virtual machine and select the same menu option, this time the "Reinstall Vmware Tools" is greyed out. It looks like there is no vmware tools installed on the guest OS.  In Vmware Fusion I  set up a folder in Sonoma as a shared folder in the guest OS; the folder does not appear in the RedHat File Manager when the virtual machine is powered on.

    Any ideas how I can get vmware tools installed on this combination of host/guest?

    Thanks!



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    Eric Kleinberg
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  • 2.  RE: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out

    Posted May 21, 2024 10:26 PM
    Edited by Technogeezer May 21, 2024 10:27 PM

    Fusion grays out the "Install VMware Tools" menu for Linux distributions that provide open-vm-tools (and open-vm-tools-desktop, if you are running a graphical desktop). open-vm-tools are the recommended in-guest tools for almost all modern Linux distros and they are provided by the distro's repos. 

    Dont use the "legacy" VMware Tools packages on modern Linux distros. Development for the legacy tools for Linux was stopped years ago, and are only designed for use on old Linux distros that don't contain open-vm-tools. They don't get tested nor are they supported on today's Linux kernels. 

    In your case, you can check if the tools are installed with:

    dnf list --installed open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-dekstop

     If the tools aren't installed,

    sudo dnf install open-vm-tools

    and if you're running a graphical environment:

    sudo dnf install open-vm-tools-desktop

    There's an issue with open-vm-tools and shared folders that cause the folders not to be mounted at boot. The simple workaround is -- while the VM is still running -- go back to the Fusion GUI and disable, then re-enable shared folders. They should then be re-mounted on the /mnt/hgfs mount point.

    Adding the following line to /etc/fstab will mount the shared folders at boot:

    vmhgfs-fuse /mnt/hgfs fuse defaults,allow_other,_netdev 0 0

    You will need to navigate in the file manager to /mnt/hgfs to see the shared folders. They don't appear automatically in the file manager's sidebar (although you can put a shortcut to the folder there).


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    - Paul (technogeezer)
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  • 3.  RE: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out

    Posted 27 days ago

    Hello, I am having the same problem with VMware 13.5.2 and Danubian 12. I installed the "rnf" package and determined that I did not have  open-vm-tools-desktop installed. However, when I tried to run download and install it using "sudo dnf install open-vm-tools-desktop", I got the following error message:
          Unable to detect release version (use '--releasever' to specify release version)
          Error: There are no enabled repositories in "/etc/yum.repos.d", "/etc/yum/repos.d", "/etc/distro.repos.d".

    Thank you for any help you can provide.




  • 4.  RE: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out

    Posted 27 days ago
    Edited by Technogeezer 27 days ago

    I'm not familiar with "Danubian" but if it's a Debian 12-based Linux, you should use apt to install open-vm-tools-desktop from the distribution's repositories, not dnf. (dnf/yum is typically used in Red Hat-like Linux distros, not Debian-based distros). Your error messages seem to indicate that the repository configuration used by dnf is not set up properly -- which is understandable if you're running a Debian-based Linux. 

    Use "apt list open-vm-tools-desktop" to determine if the repositories contain the package. Then "sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop" to install them if they're in the repository and not installed. 



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    - Paul (technogeezer)
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  • 5.  RE: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out

    Posted 27 days ago
    Technogeezer,

    Thanks for the quick response.

    Danubian!!! I must have fat fingers and a scatter-brain recall.

    As I read your response, I realized I should just have used the Synaptic Package Manager to download VMware Tools.

    The VMware Tools is now installed. Thank you again.

    Mark Williams
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    > I'm not familiar with "Danubian" but if it's a Debian 12-based Linux, you should use apt to install open-vm-tools-desktop from the distribution's repositories, not dnf. (dnf/yum is typically used in Red Hat-like Linux distros, not Debian-based distros). Your error messages seem to indicate that the repository configuration used by dnf is not set up properly -- which is understandable if you're running a Debian-based Linux.
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    > Use "apt list open-vm-tools-desktop" to determine if the repositories contain the package. Then "sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop" to install them if they're in the repository and not installed.
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    > Original Message:
    > Sent: Jun 15, 2024 02:41 PM
    > From: mhwill
    > Subject: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out
    >
    > Hello, I am having the same problem with VMware 13.5.2 and Danubian 12. I installed the "rnf" package and determined that I did not have open-vm-tools-desktop installed. However, when I tried to run download and install it using "sudo dnf install open-vm-tools-desktop", I got the following error message:
    > Unable to detect release version (use '--releasever' to specify release version)
    > Error: There are no enabled repositories in "/etc/yum.repos.d", "/etc/yum/repos.d", "/etc/distro.repos.d".
    >
    >
    > Thank you for any help you can provide.
    >
    >
    > Original Message:
    > Sent: May 21, 2024 10:26 PM
    > From: Technogeezer
    > Subject: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out
    >
    > Fusion grays out the "Install VMware Tools" menu for Linux distributions that provide open-vm-tools (and open-vm-tools-desktop, if you are running a graphical desktop). open-vm-tools are the recommended in-guest tools for almost all modern Linux distros and they are provided by the distro's repos.
    >
    > Dont use the "legacy" VMware Tools packages on modern Linux distros. Development for the legacy tools for Linux was stopped years ago, and are only designed for use on old Linux distros that don't contain open-vm-tools. They don't get tested nor are they supported on today's Linux kernels.
    >
    > In your case, you can check if the tools are installed with:
    >
    > dnf list --installed open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-dekstop
    >
    > If the tools aren't installed,
    >
    > sudo dnf install open-vm-tools
    >
    > and if you're running a graphical environment:
    >
    > sudo dnf install open-vm-tools-desktop
    >
    > There's an issue with open-vm-tools and shared folders that cause the folders not to be mounted at boot. The simple workaround is -- while the VM is still running -- go back to the Fusion GUI and disable, then re-enable shared folders. They should then be re-mounted on the /mnt/hgfs mount point.
    >
    > Adding the following line to /etc/fstab will mount the shared folders at boot:
    >
    > vmhgfs-fuse /mnt/hgfs fuse defaults,allow_other,_netdev 0 0
    >
    > You will need to navigate in the file manager to /mnt/hgfs to see the shared folders. They don't appear automatically in the file manager's sidebar (although you can put a shortcut to the folder there).
    >
    >
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    > - Paul (technogeezer)
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    > Original Message:
    > Sent: May 21, 2024 07:58 PM
    > From: EKLEINBERG
    > Subject: "Install/Reinstall Vmware Tools" menu item greyed out
    >
    >
    > I have Vmware Fusion 13.5.2 (free version) installed on a Mac Mini running Sonoma. The guest OS is Redhat Linux Enterprise 9 (free edition). When the virtual machine is powered off and you click on the Vmware "Virtual Machine" menu item the "Install Vmware Tools" is greyed out. When you power on the virtual machine and select the same menu option, this time the "Reinstall Vmware Tools" is greyed out. It looks like there is no vmware tools installed on the guest OS. In Vmware Fusion I set up a folder in Sonoma as a shared folder in the guest OS; the folder does not appear in the RedHat File Manager when the virtual machine is powered on.
    >
    > Any ideas how I can get vmware tools installed on this combination of host/guest?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >
    >
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    > Eric Kleinberg
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